"You're not like everyone else, and we're not here to fit a mold."
Who would've thought my coaching career would truly spark in 2017 at an OU Softball camp?! Not me!
This was just after Oklahoma had won consecutive national titles and HUNDREDS of kids from across the country came to be a part of the fame and legacy Patty Gasso and her crew of elite coaches built at OU.
My former assistant coach at Purdue, and now hitting coach at OU under his mom, JT Gasso, knew I had just got done playing professionally and was trying to figure out what was "next" for me now that my playing career was done.
After learning how HE got his start in coaching by working college softball camps in the recent podcast interview we had together, it was pretty clear now why he asked me to come to theirs.
At the camp, I was surrounded by coaches who LOOOOVED and RESPECTED the game more than anything, youth athletes who dream of wearing a college uniform one day and current OU players that had just come off of winning a National Championship ...
Sometimes I sit and reflect on WHY I am the human being that I am...like WHY do I always set terrifying goals for myself that add insane amounts of nerves and butterflies to my tummy in the process?!
WHO MADE ME LIKE THIS?!
I'll tell you right now, it was my "Day Ones"...my parents.
They've always told me to reach for the stars.
And for that, I'm a go-getter.
They've always told me to walk before I run.
And for that, I'm a planner.
They've always told me to surround myself with people that are better than me.
And for that, I'm always elevating myself.
They've always told me to be humble.
And for that, it's always been hard for me to talk about myself.
They've always told me to work hard for the things I want most.
And for that, I WILL ALWAYS REACH FOR MORE!
I would never have reached the heights that I did in this game, and I most certainly wouldn't have had the confidence to start my very own training business without the guidance my parents gave me my entire life....
Tee work. Some people hate it, and I absolutely love it.
When a pitch is thrown in one of the nine hitting zones, an elite hitter’s body knows how to get there.
How the heck does it just know?!
Because the hitter repeatedly put their body in that position THOUSANDS of times before. Because they’ve taken thousands and thousands of reps, they have created a subconscious swing, so that when their brain decides to swing at a specific pitch, their body already knows what to do.
Think about yourself walking, or even breathing. You don’t have to think about doing it, it just happens. That’s a type of muscle memory. Your muscles remember what they need to do because they have done that specific movement over, and over, and over. Your legs know which muscles have to move when your brain decides to walk.
We want our bodies to know what to do when we want to swing at a high and inside pitch, for example. The more times I put my body in that position to...
Not many people know who mine is, but here it goes.
Whether you’d like to admit it or not, everyone has someone that they look up to. I think the term “role model” is seriously underrated. People say it’s cliché to have one, but I think they are too proud to admit it!
Everyone needs at least one human to learn HOW good people in this world should look and act in certain circumstances, especially the tough ones.
She will probably never know this, but Caitlin Lowe (4x All-American outfielder at Arizona Softball and USA Softball Olympic Medalist) was mine. Some of my favorite memories were hanging with my dad at night and watching her play on TV (and not tell mom that I stayed up super late!). I can’t remember what age I fell in love watching her play, but all I know is I grew up idolizing her.
She would rope hard slaps to the fences, lay down the most beautiful bunts and steal every...
I had a moment where I didn't live out my motto...
I did it last week, and I'm definitely not proud of it. I travel a lot. I've chosen a lifestyle where I spend a crazy amount of days traveling to camps, clinics, meetings, or heading across the country to watch my sis play college softball, and who knows what else I decide to hop on a plane to go and do...but on this particular travel day, I met a flight attendant who I let take a little too much of my energy...and I did something I regret.
Because I spend so much time flying, you would probably assume by now, I’d know the “rules” of flying.
And my favorite…
I think it’s about time I step out of my comfort zone and share some of the real things I’ve experienced as an athlete and beyond. Who knows where this journey will pull me, but we all know it’s when we get out of that comfort zone where we learn more about ourselves than we ever thought imaginable.
So, here goes nothing…
Okay, here’s the deal. I’ve always encouraged my players to write down the good, the bad, and the ugly that happens to them in softball. It sounds silly, but hear me out. I have them write things like: their favorite softball memory of all time, those tiny details of their routine that allows them to be their own, unique self, maybe that terrible strike-out to end a REALLY important game which left them feel defeated or even that cue that “clicked” in their brain which brought out the best swing they’ve ever felt in their life.
I truly believe writing things down helps our brain...